What is it
I’ve decided I can’t
cope with
that hasn’t happened

That I’d rather
lock my jaw or
pluck out my eye
than face?

Abstract of old yellow fire hydrantA day?
Two? Three?
Before either I
see through to it or
can no longer
avoid it?

Oh. That.
Easier to greet
than to
fend off.

Image: “Open,” by Mike Shell (2012)

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